The results from this year’s job satisfaction survey are now in the offing, and all employees have just received an invitation to answer the Workplace Assessment Survey (APV). Wellbeing is on the agenda, and to tie it all together, CBS is inviting its employees to join a week full of events on how to increase your physical and psychological wellbeing.
November 15 to 19, staff members can, for example, join workshops on how to incorporate elastic band exercises into their daily work, talks about how micro changes can have huge consequences for your wellbeing, and why everyone should ‘beware of the chair’, all served with a pinch of humor. The week culminates on Friday November 19 with an exclusive concert with Pil, a promising upcoming musician at The Kiln Hall.
“We want to give employees a legitimate reason to take a break from their screens and talk about and act on improving their physical and psychological wellbeing,” says Tina Falch, Ergonomics Ambassador at CBS.
She is a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Organization (AMO), which has joined forces with HR to offer an initiative that encourages and inspires all employees to foster wellbeing and a good atmosphere at work.
“Since the summer break, the Occupational Health & Safety Organization (AMO) has been worried how busy staff members would be on returning to campus and whether they would resume all their bad habits again. For example, sitting for eight hours straight in front of their screens and not taking any breaks,” says Tina Falch and continues:
“When I worked from home, I had a good routine of standing up or changing position every 30 minutes. The moment I got back to CBS after the lockdown, I was challenged by my bad habits and busy days”
Lotte Fredslund-Hansen, Human Resource Development Consultant at CBS, explains that the program includes on-campus and online events in Danish and English. She hopes that employees will show up to whatever they find interesting, and perhaps incorporate a few takeaways in their daily work routine.
“We have aimed at putting together a program that can be interesting for as many people as possible. We are a diverse group, but if the participants get one of two takeaways that can ease their work life and increase their wellbeing, I’m happy. And then I hope that the week can generate a more collective talk about what is important for our wellbeing,” she says.
Wellbeing on the agenda
Lotte Fredslund-Hansen explains that wellbeing is on the agenda and something people – not only at CBS – are talking about more openly. Especially after the recent lockdown.
“Before the summer break, we sent out emails to CBS managers with dialogue papers attached. We encouraged them to talk with their employees about their expectations for coming back to campus to work. A lot of people realized that they had different needs and could do some things differently to increase their wellbeing. We need to get used to talk openly about this,” she says.
For Tina Falch, it has been important to make events that tap into something people recognize and add a dash of humor.
“Everyone likes a good laugh. Especially together. And just as we need to remember to stand up and take physical breaks during the day to keep our brain and muscles active, we must also remember to strengthen our social muscles,” she says and continues:
“We have been away from our colleagues for such a long time, and it can take a little while to adjust to being back on campus.”
Similarly, Tina Falch also experienced that she went straight back to her old habits, and she is afraid that CBS’ hard-working staff members risk doing the same in their busy workdays.
“There are so many things you can do to increase your wellbeing, and many of them are free. Fresh air, exercise, water, breathing and sleep. However, these factors are often the first to be down prioritized when we get busy at work,” she says and continues:
“Hopefully, this week can work as a reminder to care about and prioritize wellbeing one way or another.”
Lotte Fredslund-Hansen says that wellbeing is a re-occurring focus area for CBS.
“We use all the openings we can to put wellbeing on the agenda, and the bi-annual surveys are a good opportunity,” says Lotte Fredslund-Hansen.
After returning to campus, Tina Falch is experiencing a heavier workload. Work that has been pushed forward and piled up. She knows that other employees might be feeling the same and therefore may feel too busy taking the time out to join the events.
“We have sent an email to all the managers at CBS and encouraged them to tell their employees to take time out to join the events. Maybe they can even go together and make it a social event,” she says and continues:
“The wellbeing week is a good occasion for people to meet up, especially for the ones who have misses doing things together with their colleagues and teams.”
Therefore, when the week has come to an end, the upcoming Danish musician Pil will play an exclusive concert at The Kiln Hall, where drinks and snacks will be served for the participants.